Westchester school superintendents sticking to in-person learning

The decision to keep schools open was made Monday during a weekly meeting of superintendents across Westchester.

News 12 Staff

Dec 20, 2021, 10:37 PM

Updated 886 days ago

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Some schools across the country are bringing back remote learning this week amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, but school districts in the Hudson Valley seem to be sticking to in-person learning
The decision to keep schools open was made Monday during a weekly meeting of superintendents across Westchester.
They say are worried about the negative impacts of remote learning on students, but the uptick in COVID-19 cases has some parents questioning the move.
White Plains parent Nicole Savino is worried about the spike in COVID cases in Westchester. As of Monday, there are more than 7,400 active cases, which is a 50% increase compared to a week ago.
"Ideally I would have kept my kids home this whole week if virtual was an option, but ​it's not - so I did send them in," says Savino.
Superintendent Dr. Joe Ricca says White Plains Public Schools is staying the course with in-person learning this week.​
"Our goal is to keep children in school, keep schools open and make sure moms and dads and guardians have that consistency in their life," says Ricca.
Some schools are closing. Among them is Woodlands Middle High School in Greenburgh, which transitioned to remote learning this week because of the number of faculty and staff who either tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine.
Ricca says he's hopeful his schools can stay open..
"A lot of kids are vaccinated. Many, many adults are vaccinated. Westchester County, I think we boast some of the highest vaccination rates in the state and that is really helping us," says Ricca.
As for plans following winter break, Ricca says White Plains Public Schools students should plan to return to in-person learning come Jan. 3.


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